Hello, I’m Dr. Richard Henry and I’m the founder of Myolibria.
For the past 15 years I’ve been treating chronic pain patients in my clinics with increasing success. It has been tremendously challenging to find treatments that work, and it has required outside-the-box thinking and continual modification to get to the point where I can get most patients better, most of the time.
I have come to the conclusion, based on treating thousands of patients, that most chronic pain is a form of myofascial pain, at least initially before it morphs into other conditions when poorly treated. Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain caused by multiple or (single) trigger points in muscles. If you press your finger into a muscle and it hurts, that could be myofascial pain. Even if you are experiencing widespread body pain that has been diagnosed as Fibromyalgia, that too is likely untreated myofascial pain.
However, while myofascial trigger points explain the cause of pain, the treatment of the condition requires a deeper understanding of muscles and how they work and what happens when they don’t work properly.
There are important sensory nervous systems at play in myofascial pain that are designed to keep us alive on a day-to-day basis. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom of the day, these persistent pain signals are not where the fault lies. The nerves reporting chronic pain are responding to a very real threat and will not stop responding until the threat is dealt with.
Muscles, like any other living tissue in our body, require a constant flow of blood through their networks of blood vessels to keep the tissue alive and healthy. Blood flow to muscles is interrupted when the muscle is contracted or when we rest our weight on those muscles, such as sitting on our bottoms.
All animals have dedicated sensory nerves in muscles that continually monitor blood flow and alert us when flow has been interrupted for too long. This monitoring system is crucial to our daily survival. Without it, we would not change position when we have been sitting or lying on a muscle or section of muscles too long, cutting off their blood supply long enough to cause the muscle cells to die.
What is ‘Myolibria’?
In order to change the conversation about chronic pain I thought it best to create a new label that embodies this new understanding of chronic pain and how to treat it. Myolibria is a philosophy of understanding the underlying reason that muscles have a sensory surveillance system and why it becomes activated and can stay that way for a lifetime.
This understanding opens up new and different tools and resources to treat the cause of the problem, allowing us to use them in a concerted and collective effort to achieve resolution of pain – that elusive cure that you were told would never happen. In doing so, you will be able to avoid symptomatic treatments (only treating symptoms), the pain, in a vain bid to lessen its intensity.
Once you recognize the powerful pain system that evolution has provided and why it is designed to cause the pain you feel, you will understand why attempts to simply block the pain do not solve the problem. Solving the underlying muscle problem is so much easier, safer, more effective and often is permanent.
I should let you know that some of the treatments I use with my patients do include the use of proprietary methods that I’ve developed, and they require a skilled physician to implement them. In order to find the best physicians to join us in this challenge of effectively treating chronic pain, I need to get this information out there. This will require the effort of a community, which is why this website is our starting point as we engage with chronic pain sufferers to change the conversation and ideas surrounding this most crippling disease.
Now, why exactly the name ‘Myolibria’?
Myofascial pain is just one piece of the puzzle. It does not provide a reason for the muscle failing, a mechanism to repair the fault or an understanding of why muscles cause pain when they fail. In order to have a new conversation about chronic pain, we need a new name. Existing labels are not sufficient and reflective of models that are discredited by many and somewhat ineffective.
- The name ‘myolibria’ is itself is a representation for both the cause and the cure. In medical terms, ‘myo’ is a prefix for muscle. The ‘libria’ part is representative of balance, as in equi-libria.
- This is the root of the myolibria philosophy – getting muscle back into in balance, actively creating relaxation and re-establish blood flow to encourage self-healing.
My main goal and mission is to help you understand the real cause of a vast majority of misdiagnosed chronic pain syndromes. You might not have to live with chronic pain for the rest of your life.
This is not based on some pie-in-the-sky hope – I do this with my patients everyday in clinic, and they do experience dramatic improvement.
It’s time for everyone to get better, and I’ve created Myolibria to make that happen.
Who is this information for?
You or someone you care about may be suffering from chronic pain. The pain may have started recently or many years ago, and you’re looking for answers. And yet, there are few answers out there to the important questions that face chronic pain sufferers on a daily basis. Questions such as –
- Why do I have chronic pain?
- Why won’t this pain just go away?
- How can I escape this torture?
- Why aren’t any of the treatments helping?
- Why can’t anyone help me?
Although existing pain models have so far been ineffective at providing answers to these questions, there is another way to understand and treat chronic pain. If you are interested in seeking a new understanding with useful answers to these questions, then you’ve come to the right place.
Personally, I think we can do much better.
There is no cure for chronic pain. This is the accepted dogma in chronic pain. Only a lucky few are expected have a complete recovery from their disease, while the majority will have to live with their pain indefinitely. The general consensus in medical community is that we need to do better and that what we are doing simply isn’t working.
Patients are encouraged to have realistic expectations of treatments, with the goal being incremental relief and better coping strategies. The typical combination of medications and surgeries might reduce pain for some but may provide no relief and even increase pain levels for many.
You likely find yourself on this website because you have unanswered questions about your pain. Those questions have answers. Although fixing chronic pain is complex, once understood correctly, it’s simply a matter of following the steps. This process will require some effort on your part, but the reward is that you will start to retake control of your pain and ultimately your life.
Over the last decade as my understanding of pain has deepened I’ve refined my understanding and treatments for my patients, helping them to a normal life. I continue to improve the accuracy of my treatments as shown by their increasing effectiveness. I am at the point now where it is an exception that a patient of mine doesn’t find significant or complete relief. It wasn’t always this way. It has been a long and grinding road to get to this point.
The goal of Myolibria is to share with you all of my hard won knowledge in treating pain, and provide you with the tools that you need to seek out successful treatments and live a pain free life.
I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to send me an email at anytime. We are creating a community of like-minded individuals who are empowered to share these ideas with others so that together we can put an end to all of this needless suffering that in some way affects the lives of almost everyone around the world. Click here to learn more about me in detail, including my background and what lead me to found Myolibria.
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